As expected [WAMN: 08-Aug-02], Deutsche Post has gained permission to handle mail in the UK.

Postal regulator Postcom has granted the German group a one-year licence to carry 40 million units, around half the annual total handled by state-owned former monopoly Royal Mail (in the process of being rebranded from Consignia).

However, DP currently lacks the logistical resources to deliver letters. For such activities it will rely on Royal Mail’s infrastructure.

Postcom is eager to liberalise Britain’s postal sector and has been awarding interim licences (of which the largest is the new DP agreement) before permanent competition begins next year.

Data sourced from: Financial Times; additional content by WARC staff